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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas (Potstickers)

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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas ( Potstickers )

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Gyōza (Japan), Potstickers (USA), Jiǎozi (China), Mandu (Korea), Maultaschen (Germany),  Pierogi (Eastern Europe), Pelmeni (Russia), Ravioli (Italy) are just a few names for stuffed dumplings/dough pockets which are served around the World.
Nearly all cuisines have at least one variation of these delicious marvels. Some are eaten as snacks, others as appetizers or main courses, they are served dry or in soup, boiled, steamed, sauteed, fried or a combination of these cooking methods, some are big while others are small, some are sweet, some are savory.
Fillings can consist of almost anything you can think of, such as seafood, pork, veggies, fresh fruits, candied fruits, even soup (Xiao Long Bao— Chinese Soup Dumplings), etc, etc, etc.
Here you have a very simple, easy and quick version of Gyozas/Potstickers. The pork can be substituted with chopped shrimp for a different taste, or you can mix 2/3 of pork with 1/3 of shrimp, or cab meat, veggies, and so forth.
As for the folding, as usual, practice makes the master – but if you just want the dumplings without too much headache about complicated folding, just flip one side of the wrapper over into a half-moon, or, if you use square wrappers, fold into a triangle -done 🙂
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“Easy Does It” Dumpling Stuffing Recipe :
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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas ( Potstickers )

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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas ( Potstickers )

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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas ( Potstickers )

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Easy Does It # 37 – Homemade Gyozas ( Potstickers )

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Preparation :
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My Japanese Comfort Food – Chirashizushi (Scattered Sushi) ちらし寿司

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While  sushi is a popular favorite around the world these days, most folks outside of Japan or Korea shy away from making it at home because they think it is too difficult and time-consuming. What’s more, really fresh, high quality seafood  is not widely accessible or affordable for many people, so for the majority of us sushi has been and will remain a “Restaurant Treat”.
Chirashizushi  to the rescue !!! 🙂
You will need sushi rice, any raw, cooked or otherwise preserved protein and / or vegetables, maybe some seaweed and sesame seeds thrown-in and you are ready to go. You can prepare the most simple combination as shown here, or the most beautiful, complicated, exquisite concoction you can muster. Your fantasy, skill and wallet are the only limits.
No need to make perfect rolls, or other shapes which are the common restaurant staples. Just rice in a bowl, everything else neatly arranged on top and voilà – sushi heaven without the sweat 🙂
The only difficulty one needs to be able to skillfully execute is the preparation of the sushi rice. But, considering the reward of a great sushi rice, learning to prepare it on a decent level is well worth the trouble. And while you might never be a sushi rice master, after a bunch of trials (and errors) you should be fine and able to wow yourself, friends and family with sushi rice that is well on its way to perfection – and probably far better than the crap most cheap eateries pass-on as sushi rice 🙂
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Sushi Rice Recipe
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CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

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CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

CHIRASHIZUSHI (SCATTERED SUSHI) (ちらし寿司

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Steak Tartare

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Steak Tartare” –  unfortunately, nowadays it seems that this classic dish is shunned by most people, even if they never tried it.
The obvious reasons are health concerns and the thought of eating a pile of raw meat, even when most folks don’t think twice of eating a rare cooked steak or burger. (What about raw seafood ?!!!)
The truth is,
it can be very dangerous to eat any food raw if it is  not properly sourced and handled.
Therefore, I suggest to eat Steak Tartare only at a place which you can fully trust of impeccable food-safety procedures and an absolutely trustworthy food-source. I personally also eat only Steak Tartare from grass-fed, all organic beef, using only organic, cage free chicken eggs.
But then, when you can be absolutely sure of the proper, safe ingredients, Steak Tartare is a true marvel of classic cuisine.
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Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

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Steak Tartare

Steak Tartare

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there you go……..

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Preparation :
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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

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Today’s  early dinner was so delicious, easy and fast to prepare. I now get my dumpling and bun dough fresh from my Chinese neighborhood restaurant, so dumplings and steamed buns are much more often to be found on my dinner table. To prep the stuffing only takes a few minutes, steaming the buns another 20 minutes or so. Great food in a snap 🙂
The stuffing for these buns was ground pork, finely chopped white cabbage, sesame oil, egg white, salt, pepper, garlic paste and grated ginger. Stuff the buns, arrange on oiled paper sheets in steamer, steam for twenty minutes and – bingo !

Bon Appetit !   Life is good !
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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi),  Sriracha, Wasabi

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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

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Beautiful Charger

Beautiful Charger

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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi)

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Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi),  drizzled with dipping sauce  ( soy sauce, garlic paste, lime juice, chili oil)

Steamed Pork Buns (Baozi),
drizzled with dipping sauce
( soy sauce, garlic paste, lime juice, chili oil)

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Hans’ Gnocchi & Strip

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This  dish has everything I love: Steak, gnocchi, mushrooms, bok choy, wasabi and a few more other goodies, seasoned with lots of garlic paste and sriracha and – voilà, great comfort food prepared in a snap (I did have leftover gnocchi I had made the day before).

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Hans' Gnocchi & Strip

Hans’ Gnocchi & Strip

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There Is A Monster On My Plate !!!

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My  friend Peter was supposed to be here at 4.00pm for a late end of week lunch.
He had “ordered” (nicely requested) chicken cordon bleu and I was happy to oblige.
As soon as I got home, I took care of Bella, took a shower and started with my food prep.
Ten minutes later Peter cancelled. Rather than being upset about the late cancelation,
I welcomed the chance to make a real monster of a cordon bleu out of the ingredients I had prepared for two regular portions. Of course, I omitted the side dishes (fries and salad) after I had a good look of the size of this baby.  Bella and I finished the whole thing and we were happy for it. Seems to me after all these year’s I finally figured out the proper size of a cordon bleu 🙂

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Serve with Lime Or Lemon Wedges

Chicken Cordon Bleu

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” Smoked Goodies ” – Artisanal Smoked Fish

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I  recently run into an old buddy of mine from the cruise ship day’s.
Much to my surprise, Greg is now following his dream of many years,
running a comercial  ” Smoke Shack “.
On the weekend he surprised me with a few (too few  🙂 samples of his
selection and I was amazed by it’s taste and quality.
Unfortunately, his website is not up to the quality of his food, so as soon as
I have the time I will be helping him with it.
In the meantime, here are some of his delicacies which I enjoyed saturday
and sunday :
(Sides are : Sauteed potatoes, onion bread, wasabi, horseradish cream,
onions, grape tomatoes, boiled eggs, scallion, capers, chilies, radish, lettuce)

Captain Greg’s Smoke Shack

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Fish Selection

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Marlin

Smoked Salmon Filet

Smoked Salmon, Served Warm

Smoked Salmon, Served Warm

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Smoked Salmon, Sliced

Wahoo Filet

Wahoo Filet, Served Warm

Wahoo Filet, Served Warm

Whitefish Dip

Whitefish Dip

Whitefish Dip

Bon Appetit !   Life is Good !
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